Monthly Archives: November 2019

A Planning Guide to Fundraising

Making a fundraising plan doesn’t need to be daunting. CauseVox recently posted, “Fundraising Planning Guide, Calendar, Worksheet, + Template,” with great tips and tools for a successful year of getting more donations in 2020.

Here are the steps they recommend:

  1. Understand your need and goals
  2. Study your past fundraising trends
  3. List your resources (staff, board, volunteers)
  4. Outline your strategies for the year
  5. Create a path forward

Read more for all the details and a downloadable template and sample calendar.


Traveling Trunks from the Smithsonian

Reposted from Smithsonian Libraries

Traveling Trunks is a new resource-lending program of the Smithsonian Libraries. These multimedia library kits are packed full of resources from across the Smithsonian Institution that deliver immersive experiences. Through touch, tech, sound, and sight, Traveling Trunks creates a screen-free sensory-rich environment.

Through the current four themes students can listen to authentic songs and stories by the Latinx community, solve intricate mystery games based on US presidential history or ancient texts on zoology and herbology, and hear under-told stories of American women’s history. The program is a free resource for young learners and their educators, and Traveling Trunks can be sent to libraries, schools, community centers, and other learning sites for a month-long lending period, with the option to renew. All costs, including shipping costs are covered; access to a FedEx office is required.  ​​

Interested in learning more about how Traveling Trunks could come to your space? Pre-register to stay in the know. and to submit your questions and comments.

Upcoming Traveling Trunks


Coming January 2020
Cost: Free
Ages: All


Coming Spring 2020
Cost: Free
Ages: Middle School and up

Coming Spring 2020
Cost: Free
Ages: All


Coming Spring 2020
Cost: Free
Ages: Middle School and up


ALA Launches Community Engagement Initiative

From the American Library Association

Community engagement — the process of working collaboratively with community members — provides a roadmap to creating sustainable, resilient organizations and communities. Small, rural libraries are nimble, responsive organizations that can work with their communities to create powerful community-led change.

Specially designed for the needs of small and rural libraries, Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries, a new learning series from the American Library Association (ALA), will help library workers develop facilitation skills to engage with their communities.

Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries, ALA and its project partners will release a suite of facilitation resources in 2020, including:

  • A five-part asynchronous online course, open to all library workers, free of charge. Sign up to be notified when each course module is available.
  • In-person training at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with follow-up coaching support; space is limited. Registration and travel stipends will be granted through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Apply now.
  • A step-by-step facilitation guide.

The online course, in-person workshop and coaching support are open to library employees who work in small/rural communities — i.e., communities outside of U.S. Census-defined urban areas that have a legal service area population of 25,000 or less, in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) definitions.

All library types (e.g., public, college/academic, K-12) are welcome, and no facilitation or community engagement experience is required.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 18

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 18 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Monday, Nov 18 (8-10 am)
Workforce Modernization Workshop Part 1: Attract and Retain the Best Talent to Better Serve Our Citizens (
Let’s imagine a future where the federal government is the employer of choice for the next generation of leaders. We’ll tackle some questions, such as: How do we cultivate an environment of lifelong learning in the government where all stakeholders win?, and How might we foster learning cultures to meet evolving talent roles within the federal government? This workshop will be interactive and include collaborative human-centered brainstorming activities to help drive solutions that grow lifelong learning in the government.

Monday, Nov 18 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How To Manage Volunteers With No Time (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Attendees of this webinar will learn techniques on managing a volunteer program with limited time. This includes delegating volunteer management tasks to colleagues and other volunteers, taking advantage of resources to develop your library’s volunteer program, advocating for your volunteers, and setting them up for success at your library.

Monday, Nov 18 (1-2 pm)
Thinking Outside the PubMed Box (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

Tuesday, Nov 19 (9-10 am)
Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part III: Developing and Supporting Child Care Programs (Association for Library Service to Children)
In our final sessions, we will discuss several programs and services that exist in many communities that support and develop child, many of which are ready and willing to partner with libraries. Cynthia Pearson will discuss her IMLS funded project “Growing Providers,” a library-based program to help individuals navigate the process to becoming a licensed home-based child care program.

Tuesday, Nov 19 (12-1 pm)
Let’s Be Brief: A Very Short Introduction to Very Short Introductions (Library Journal)
Join us for a lively and interesting conversation about one of OUP’s most popular series. Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, the Very Short Introduction series offers easily digestible books that provide a bridge between reference content and higher academic work.

Tuesday, Nov 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Holiday Stress Busters (InSync Training)
What should be a season of love and joy often turns instead to tiring weeks of overspending, overindulging, disappointment and STRESS!   Join facilitator Jane Bozarth for a look at common causes of holiday stress and ways to combat them. Leave this fun, interactive session with an action plan for taking back the spirit of the season!

Tuesday, Nov 19 (6-7:30 pm)
Classroom Coding with Google Tools (OK2Ask)
Coding is a gateway for many other academic skills, and the skills learned from coding can be applied in many ways. Join us to learn to use free Google tools to engage students in computational thinking and creative pursuits. Join us to explore a few cool tools that will help as you embark on this journey with your class.

Wednesday, Nov 20 (9-10 am)
VoteLibraries 2020 – Thinking About Elections and Libraries Without Being Partisan (Nebraska Library Commission)
Libraries have a natural non-partisan role to encourage and support civic engagements like voter registration and issue-awareness. For example, EveryLibrary is a sponsoring organization and steering committee member for National Voter Registration Day and is the library coordinating partner for National Disability Voter Registration Week each year. Next year, they plan to relaunch #VoteLibraries2020 to help put non-partisan library issues on the local, state, and federal landscape. In this conversation, EveryLibrary Executive Director John Chrastka will talk about these voter-facing public education campaigns and other activities that they have planned.

Wednesday, Nov 20 (12-1 pm)
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: What’s New Since 1492? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join us in observing Native American Heritage Month with a presentation by Eugene Fracek, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a cultural ambassador who teaches people of all ages about American Indian Tribes. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Fracek will present an overview and perspective of the history, cultural values and behaviors, and legal issues impacting American Indian Tribes and members of those Tribes.

Wednesday, Nov 20 (1-2 pm)
The New PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar you will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

Wednesday, Nov 20 (1-2 pm)
Eliminating Fines: A win-win for your library and community (Infopeople)
Presenters Beth Crist and Meg DePriest will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will discuss how to gather your libraries’ data and patron stories to create advocacy tools. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library. It’s a win-win for your library and community!

Wednesday, Nov 20 (3-4 pm)
Rethinking the Cost of Digital Collection Building: It May Not Be as Expensive as You Think! (
Our inquiry series continues as we explore strategies to build digital collections at a reduced price. Out of necessity, School Librarian Mary Schwander and a community of Pennsylvania school librarians developed a highly effective consortium model to build digital collections at a fraction of the cost. The model is adaptable and other states are currently coordinating personnel and resources to replicate it. Please join Michelle Luhtala as she interviews Mary about how this consortium is promoting equity and access throughout her state and how it can benefit school libraries elsewhere.

Thursday, Nov 21 (11-12:30 pm)
Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background (IdealWare)
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, we’ll show you how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face. (Nov 7, 14, 21). This week: The Human Side of Technology.

Thursday, Nov 21 (12-1 pm)
8 Expert Tips To Raise $10K+ On Facebook (Bloomerang)
Since November of 2016 Facebook’s online fundraiser functionality has exploded in popularity raising hundreds of millions of dollars for nonprofits and individuals. It has become one of the most successful peer-to-peer fundraising platforms on Earth. But in order to maximize your success on Facebook there are eight tips to ensure that your fundraiser is a success and not a flop. Join us for this webinar to learn how the Masters do it.

Thursday, Nov 21 (12-1 pm)
Data at Your Fingertips: Gov Broadens Data Analytics Use (GovLoop)
Join us online to learn how self-service analytics platforms provide employees access to greater information and the power of insights.

Thursday, Nov 21 (12-1 pm)
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identifying access challenges of living in rural communities and equipping participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Thursday, Nov 21 (12:30-1 pm)
Circulating Tools and Other Unique Items (North Dakota State Library)
Libraries have been circulating “non-traditional” items since at least the 1800s so it’s no surprise that North Dakota libraries are embracing unique collections. In 2017, the Minot Public Library (MPL) was approached by volunteers with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program about providing a tool library and since MPL had experience circulating unique items such as tablets, robots, video games and more, the Library staff jumped on board. The MPL tool library was not just about being trendy though. The goal of the VISTA program is to promote resiliency and the purpose of the tool library is to help people become more resilient which was especially important in Minot following the 2011 flood. The MPL Tool Library officially opened in March of 2018 and has drawn a lot of attention and provided for some great learning experiences. In this webinar, MPL Director, Janet Anderson, will describe the work that went into opening a tool library and share some of the important lessons the staff have learned.

Thursday, Nov 21 (1-2 pm)
Check It Out! New Titles for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

Thursday, Nov 21 (1:30-2:30 pm)
The Positions Model for Improving Personal Influence and Workplace Interactions (Pattern Research, Inc.)
The concept of positions in communication is embedded in the grammar of most languages. Learn what each position stands for and how to incorporate them in how you think and act in your workplace.

WDE Supporting Digital-Age Teaching

From the Wyoming Department of Education

One hundred Wyoming educators will have the opportunity to earn the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Certification for Educators with financial support from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). The certification is the only competency-based certification focused on digital-age teaching practices.

Today’s students are “digital natives,” but need skilled educators who can channel their use of technology for high impact learning. For success in their future, students need to be creators, not just consumers of technology, use digital tools to solve open-ended problems, work in design teams to address real-world issues, and communicate complex ideas that demonstrate their knowledge.

ISTE Certification for Educators training includes in-person workshops and online learning, followed by teachers applying what they have learned in the classroom. Teachers document their innovative classroom activities and submit the evidence of the activities in a portfolio as the final step to become certified. The certification process is rigorous, but Wyoming educators will be well-supported by the WDE.

The Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) announced that educators who complete the ISTE Certification training are able to receive an Instructional Technology endorsement. Wyoming is leading the way as the second state in the nation to offer the endorsement after ISTE certification.

The WDE also introduced Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines for any educator who wants to learn more about integrating education technology to deepen student learning in their classroom. The guidelines are based on the ISTE Standards for Students. For educators interested in putting the guidelines into practical use in the classroom, the WDE will also offer a Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines online course. The PTSB will offer .5 licensure renewal credits for educators completing the online course. Completion of the Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines online course is a prerequisite to engaging in the ISTE certification training program. The guidelines are available digitally on the WDE website. Hard copies may be requested.

“With this financial and program support, we hope to empower Wyoming educators to embrace new trends in digital-age learning,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Anytime we can support our educators in professional development and professional growth is a win for our students as well.”

ISTE developed the ISTE Standards for Students for use all over the world. These standards include “Empowered Learner,” that build student self-direction, “Computational Thinker,” and “Innovative Designer” that establish powerful problem solving skills.

For more information about the ISTE Certification for the Wyoming educators visit here.

Wits and Wisdom at Park County Library

Reposted from Park County Library

Park County Library recently held the grand opening of  its Wits and Wisdom room (aka the Teen Room), an expanded space for older patrons. Weekdays, during the school year from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., the Wits and Wisdom room will be available to senior citizens for a variety of activities.

Shelly Waidelich, the Young Adult Librarian for the Cody library, will offer computer access, TV, Blue Ray/DVD players and assistance with technological issues. She plans to organize games like bridge, euchre and dominos. “I’m making a place for my seniors to hang their hats,” she said.

Shelly found that she had excess capacity in the teen room, especially from September through May. So, she taught computer classes and tutored patrons in the mornings. Then, one day in 2015, she noticed Olive Yates at the public computers. Olive looked a little puzzled. Shelly offered to help her set up her email account. Olive became a regular for morning sessions on the teen room computers. She researched her family history on and went on to refresh her Spanish language skills online.

The library promotes equitable access for all. Lack of technological skills can hinder people and Shelly sought to address that deficit. She held Tech Rodeos, encouraged teen tech tutors and formalized Senior Computer Days. She manifested the library vision, “Inspiring, Enriching and Empowering” and made it fun.

Given new tools to pursue their passions, lifelong learners are unstoppable. People may need help with smart phones, tablets and laptop computers, but, a little encouragement goes a long way at any age.

Archived Webinar: Pronunciator

Pronunciator Training for Wyoming Libraries
November 2019; 39 minutes

Robert Savage from Pronunciator will show the various tools Pronunciator offers to help you learn 105 languages, and to help English Language Learner (ELL) students who speak any of 90 languages learn English in their mother tongue. Find Pronunciator in’s language learning resources — free to Wyoming residents.

News in Brief

New Edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory Available
Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does? Take a look at the 2019 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory. It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.

Advice on Updating Your Disaster Plan
Do you have a plan in place for when disaster happens? When thousands of gallons of water poured overnight from a mechanical room at the Rochester Public Library, staff opened the doors and found their auditorium had turned into a lake. In this blog post, they share the lessons learned from their experience and many pointers for other libraries.

Auditing the First Amendment at Your Public Library
According to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, individuals and groups are now targeting public libraries with self-described “First Amendment audits,” claiming a right to film in any space accessible to the public, arguing that they’re entitled to do so as taxpayers and citizen journalists. Do you have policies in place to address situations like this? Read the article to learn more.

ARSL Conference Handouts Now Available
The Association for Rural and Small Libraries has posted handouts and presentation materials from many of their 2019 conference sessions on their website. Topics include programming, displays, community engagement, fundraising, and more.

Pew Survey Released on Americans and Digital Knowledge
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans’ understanding of technology-related issues varies greatly depending on the topic, term or concept. While a majority of U.S. adults can correctly answer questions about phishing scams or website cookies, other items are more challenging.

ALA receives Grant to Develop Library Entrepreneurship Centers
A new $2 million grant will enable the American Library Association to fund a cohort of 10 libraries with proven models to increase the number of business creators they serve from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds. Participating libraries will work to establish new partnerships with community-based organizations and further develop innovative models to bring their library’s resources out in the community.

Free STEM Curricula for Your Library
The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) focuses on STEM curriculum design, computer science curriculum design, cyber curriculum, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education. If your library is looking for a way to expand your current STEM offerings (or even if you are looking for a place to start), check out the free resources from NICRC.

Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries
Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries is a guidebook and source of programming inspiration for all librarians working with early to young adult readers. Librarians will find thematic, easy to implement, hour-long writing workshops that require only paper, markers, and excited young writers. Free as a PDF download; print copies available for purchase.

Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Announces New Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List
ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is pleased to announce the new Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List. The inaugural year of the reading list will highlight the best graphic novels for adults published in late 2019 and throughout 2020, increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections. The first list will be announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2021. List selection will be determined by a committee of GNCRT members with a background in graphic novel selection and use for adults.

GPO & DPLA Partnering to Make Government eBooks More Accessible
GPO and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) are partnering to make Government eBooks more accessible. Currently, GPO does not have an e-reader platform for its users to view the various formats of eBooks. DPLA Exchange, in addition to selling copyrighted materials, has a venue called Open Bookshelf. It provides a platform where openly-licensed eBooks are available for the general public. Through Open Bookshelf, GPO can provide a service model to meet the needs of modern-day users. There are over 500 eBooks available on the Catalog of Government Publications (CGP); partnering with the DPLA eBook program will help GPO to continue to achieve its goals.

Bullying Prevention Resource from STEPS
Student Training and Education in Public Service (STEPS) provides an easy-to-navigate website that includes advice about identifying and helping someone who is being bullied. It also has some helpful career information for those who’d like to work in public service industries. (Wyoming librarians take note: Learning Express Library in GoWYLD has test preparation for career exams. Find it at

Read Across America book calendar helps students find common ground
Every year Read Across America produces a calendar filled with diverse books and correlating teaching guides and makes this calendar available for free. Books and discussion can help to break down preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Get students reading, talking, laughing, and sharing to build a community where they all feel seen, heard, and validated.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’

In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for November:

One Book Wyoming 2019: Ernest Hemingway and Masculinity (Wyoming State Library)
Hear presenter Charles Fournier discuss the theme of masculinity in Ernest Hemingway’s life and work. This is a video discussion for One Book Wyoming 2019.

Bookflix (Wyoming State Library)
Bookflix for public libraries, school and home! A literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks. Animation, audio and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills.

CTD Answers Your Questions About AT! (Center on Technology and Disability)
This webinar is a Q & A session with Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) director Jackie Hess. In this session, Jackie answers both AT questions previously submitted as well as those asked during the live presentation. Topics include relevant laws, classroom practice, AT for libraries, recommended apps, and much more.


The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis (TED Talk)
Public libraries have always been about more than just books — and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she’s put it to use to save patrons’ lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of us to find new ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.

Copyright and Standardized Rights Statements for Digital Collections (North Dakota State Library)
Copyright can be a difficult task to undertake when it comes to digital collections, especially with uncertainty about legal language and object originations. This webinar will discuss how to make informed copyright decisions with tools available, and how to utilize standardized rights statements for clearer copyright and reuse descriptions.

Grant Builds Links Between Incarcerated and Their Children

DVDs to be mailed to the children of participating inmates.

A grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation is building connections between those incarcerated at Wyoming correctional facilities and their children through the power of books.

The Everyone Has a Story project enables inmates to select books for their children and to record themselves reading the books. Along with the book, the Story Project mails the children a DVD of their mother’s recording. Because DVDs may one day be obsolete, they also provide an unlisted YouTube channel for the children to access. The organization started up earlier this year and is currently working with the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk.

Everyone Has a Story received a $1,340 operating grant from the WYCF to help offset start-up costs for recording equipment and the initial set of book orders for the pilot program this year. So far, 15 different women have participated with 35 children receiving books. The first books and audio recordings went out in April and June. In September, some women participated by video and some by audio. The next recordings go out this month, and those children will receive their books before Christmas.

Everyone Has a Story volunteers (L to R):  Mary Kay Huck, Lisa Barela, Linda Malm, Donna Levengood, and Mirna Ramos.

Mary Kay Huck, founder of Everyone Has a Story, said that the women are very intentional about the books they select for their children, and tell their children why they picked them at the beginning of the recording. Most of the time, it’s because of the message in the book, and sometimes because it was a beloved book of their own when they were growing up. One of the mothers selected the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud for not one, but two of her children. This book’s message is about filling up people’s buckets by showing kindness.

May Kay said one of the mothers calls her four kids every week, sometimes more than once. Even though they hear her voice over the phone, one of her children said, “Mom, it’s so cool to hear you read the book.” Another with three children (ages 11, 12, 13) said her kids “love the books that are sent and they love to read!”

Wyoming State Library Research and Statistics Librarian Thomas Ivie works with the libraries at the state’s five correctional facilities, including the Women’s Center, and encouraged Mary Kay to pursue the grant. Learn more about Everyone Has a Story at